Plantronics BackBeat FIT Boost Edition
Winter Running Hats playlist with a pair of headphones that don’t bounce and sound great. Along with being waterproof and having a long eight-hour battery life, the flexible, wireless design provides a great fit. The new Boost Edition allows you to try six months of in-ear audio coaching from the PEAR Personal Coach app. It might be just what you need to finish up that last mile.
Buy it: $159.99, plantronics.com
Jaybird X3 Wireless Headphones
If you’re one who finds a pair of ear tips aggravating after, say, 15 minutes, then you’ll love the comfort of these. The ear fins on the X3 don’t rub your ears raw, so whether you’re just working at your desk or on the run, you’ll be happy with the fit. It charges fast and lasts long (about eight hours). If you’re a snob for sound, you can adjust the settings with the MySound app.
Buy it: $129.99, amazon.com
Fitbit Flyer Headphones + Fitbit Ionic
One of the biggest names in wearables wants to make a statement with its first pair of wireless headphones. The Flyers hit all the right notes: sweatproof, good fit, and you can take calls. Pair it with the new Fitbit Ionic smartwatch, which has built-in GPS and stores up to 300 songs, and you essentially have a trainer in your ear for every workout.
Garmin Running Dynamics Pod
If you’ve ever been interested in how you’re actually running, this little device tells you your measurements like cadence, stride length, and how much you’re bouncing on each run. Just clip it to the back of your shorts or pants and pair it with a compatible watch (like the Garmin Fenix 5). You’ll get the details after your run when it all syncs to the Garmin Connect app.
Buy it: $69.99, amazon.com
1-Year Amazon Prime Membership Gift Card
If you know a family member or friend is a frequent online shopper or loves Amazon Prime Video, take that bill off their mind for a year. Who knows, they might just use their two-day free shipping to send you something just because.
Buy it: $99, amazon.com
Mophie Power Capsule
Whether you’re always running out of juice with your wireless headphones, or you have trouble keeping them in one place, the Power Capsule charges and keeps your favorite devices safe and sound. Great for a bunch of different headphones and watches, just connect with a USB while on the go, and you’ll be back to full strength in no time.
Buy it: $39.95, amazon.com
Timex Ironman GPS
We’ve said it before, but sometimes the simplest watch is all that you need. If you just want a GPS watch that tells you how fast you’re going and how far you’ve gone, this entry-level device gives you just that and a long-lasting 12-hour battery.
Buy it: $99.95, timex.com
Samsung GearFit2 Pro
You’re getting way more than an activity tracker. Along with multi-sport tracking and built-in GPS, with 4 GB of storage (nearly 500 songs) on your wrist, it means you don’t need to bring your phone along to get into the zone during any workout. Added bonuses are the ability to use it if you’re cross-training in the pool and the continuous heart-rate monitoring.
Buy it: $200, amazon.com
Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR
You’ll get all the basics you want, plus lots of extra. There is 10 hours of battery life, 24/7 fitness tracking, GPS, and heart-rate monitoring. There’s also added features like a breadcrumb trail of your route, so you can find your way back if running in a new spot.
Buy it: $279, backcountry.com
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Altra Torin IQ
Another way to keep tabs on your running form—like during that long run you start breaking down and land hard on your heels—is to have smart sensors in your shoes. With the Altra Torin IQ, the sensors measure your landing and impact and tell you helpful metrics like ground contact time and cadence. A companion iFit app can give on-the-run tips to correct that hitch in your stride.
Buy it: $220, amazon.com
Vyper 2.0 Vibrating Foam Roller by HyperIce
This is proof that foam rollers are not boring. With a motor in the middle, the Vyper 2.0 has three intensities to help you work out the big knots in your quads, hamstrings, and glutes.
Buy it: $200, amazon.com
Polar H10 Heart Rate Sensor
Polar calls this their most accurate heart-rate sensor ever. The strap is comfortable and stays in place, which is what you want when trying to get pinpoint accuracy. If you don’t run with any devices, the workout is stored and ready to be uploaded to several devices, or you can get real-time analysis by syncing it to something like the Polar Beat app.
Buy it: 89.95, amazon.com